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Configuring Mac OS X

After installing the Mac OS X Server Admin tools, you'll want to set a network location for the lessons so you can quickly refer back to them from any other location. You will also be changing your computer name to make it easier to follow the examples in this book. Make sure your Mac OS X computer is up and running and plugged in to an Ethernet switch. The computer that will be the Mac OS X server should also be plugged in to this switch.

1.
Log in to your Mac OS X computer and open System Preferences.

2.
Select the Sharing preferences pane and change the computer name to XSE-CLIENT. You can always change it back anytime you want.

3.
Click Show All and select the Network preferences pane.

4.
Choose New Location from the Location drop-down menu and name the location XSE Book.

5.
From the Show pop-up menu, choose Network Port Configurations and deselect all interfaces except Built-in Ethernet.

6.
Select Built-in Ethernet from the Show pop-up menu. In the TCP/IP pane, choose Using DHCP from the Configure IPv4 pop-up menu.

You should not be getting an address at this point in time, since you will be configuring your Mac OS X server to provide those addresses in Lesson 3.

7.
Click Show All and select the Accounts preferences pane.

8.
Select Login Options, deselect “Automatically log in as” and click the option “Name and password” under “Display Login window as”.

9.
For these lessons you may also want to change your Energy Saver preferences pane settings to never have your Mac OS X computer go to sleep.


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